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From 14 to 18 October 2019, Le Caousou school in Toulouse hosted the 5th edition of the "Jesuit Weeks". Coming from France and Belgium, more than 20 Jesuits have testified about their mission and their commitments to the 2150 students and 130 teachers of Caousou.

The objective of this week is to enable students and the educational community to meet Jesuits, to get to know the Society of Jesus better and to understand the foundation of the educational project of the school by linking it to its Ignatian roots (of St Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuits). Like a "Jesuit festival", the programme combines festive, spiritual and cultural proposals with testimonies, conferences, shows, themed meals, workshops, games, cinema club, sports activities, courses co-hosted by the Jesuits...

This festival started on October 14 with a gathering of all the students, and ended on Friday afternoon, after a giant country meal and a morning devoted to a big mass in the cathedral, as well as various educational workshops (film clubs, conferences, ecological games...).

Testimonials and specific workshops for students...

During the week, all the students were able to meet in class a Jesuit who came to testify to his call, his journey, his current missions, his lifestyle... and answer all the questions... All have also discovered the Society of Jesus through a magic show, and through conferences testifying to actions of solidarity with which they can associate themselves, especially during the famous spring solidarity march of Le Caousou: for high schools, the Jesuit Refugee Service; for high school students, ARPEJ31 and tutoring in Toulouse; for schoolchildren, Inigo and volunteering abroad... And everyone could experience moments of silent meditation...

During the week, students were also invited to experience additional activities: games, cooking workshops, sports, drawing competitions, exhibitions, cross country classes, celebrations and prayers, a morning of reflection on decision-making for senior high school students, work on oratory games in junior high school, literary café for senior high school students, etc...

...and thematic conferences for adults

Conferences open to all took also place:

- Jesuits for Dummies,
- Jesuit spirituality,
- Laudato Si and the social commitments of the Jesuits

Beyond all these events, "Jesuit Week" is also an opportunity for many more informal encounters, in a hallway or classroom, in the refectory or in the courtyard... A simple and joyful experience of life and a foretaste of the joy of the fraternal Kingdom...

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